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another mans trash contest... #2: for the birds

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Blog entry by scottb posted 2103 days ago 609 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was struck with inspiration for the piece I found with a hole in it. What purpose the not round hole served in a piece of quartersawn pine served I can only imagine, certainly not the byproduct of modern wiring.

I also decided I’d take a page out of Yorkshire Stewarts book, and let the piece dictate it’s own rules. This called for only using wood and nails found in this salvage pile… and out of a desire to not take this potentially mold and bug infested wood into the shop (or laziness for not wanting to bring my mitersaw and nailer up out of the basment, I decided I’d only use period tools from when the house was built in addition to the period lumber and cut nails. So I grabbed a handsaw and hammer and got to it.

The historic plastic handled Japanese pull saw and venerable 20 oz. Stanley anti-vibration hammer, both still commonly found at the big box stores, were found in the tool belts of any forward thinking 1880’s craftsman.

I had a rough idea for how I wanted this birdhouse to go together, but it decided that up was down (to which my daughter agreed), so I just went with the flow and let this fall together in a matter of a few minutes. I was motivated by being caught up in the process, and the sound of not too far off thunder “helped” in it’s own way.

3 pieces of lumber, 5 cuts with the pull saw, and about a dozen cut nails became:


A cut nail serves as a perch under the entrance hole, another cut nail serves as a perch under the side overhanging roof.


worms eye view (looking up from beneath the buttercup squash, which are climbing up the post this birdhouse is perched on.

There are a couple 18-20” x 3-4’ pieces of 1” thick siding (pre plywood days ya know) that are just begging to become my take on an Extreme Bird house – albeit a “small” one ;)... but for now, here’s just first stab at a trash to treasure project.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/



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RobS

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#1 posted 2103 days ago

Bravo! Love the worms eye view. Great work, looks like it’s been there for years.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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RobS

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#2 posted 2103 days ago

Bravo! Love the worms eye view. Great work, looks like it’s been there for years.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Karson

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#3 posted 2103 days ago

Nice Scott. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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SteveKorz

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#4 posted 2103 days ago

That’s cool… just my style. My wife would love that. I love putting projects like that together and posting them thru our woods. It makes our “walk time” in the timber a little more whimsical…. and of course, the animals love’em

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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scottb

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#5 posted 2103 days ago

thanks!, well Rob, it has been there for years (well over a hundred), just in a different shape, first house shape, then pile of debris shape, and now back to what it once was (after it lost it’s earlier tree shape)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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RobS

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#6 posted 2102 days ago

Ha! So nice I commented twice! (darn blackberry)

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 2102 days ago

It has a modern look… asymetrical…the overall effect…is … [big art word here]

-- John

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#8 posted 2096 days ago

great job!
lovely conversation piece as well

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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